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  • 1. EmergingEdTech’s Free Education Technology Resources eBook Page 2 This eBook is a publication of EmergingEdTech.com May 2015 EmergingEdTech.com is owned and operated by Kelly Walsh
  • 2. EmergingEdTech’s Free Education Technology Resources eBook Page 3 This eBook is a publication of EmergingEdTech.com Table of Contents Introduction................................................................................................................9 FlippedClassroomWorkshop.com............................................................................11 Chapter 1 - Blogs & Blogging Resources................................................................12 The Many Ways Blogs are Being Used in Education Today (and how to get Started)..................................................................................................................12 Creating your own education related Blog...........................................................13 Chapter 2 – Class Web Sites & Course Management Tools ..................................15 Edmodo.................................................................................................................16 Google Classroom.................................................................................................16 Moodle..................................................................................................................17 Weebly ..................................................................................................................18 Wikispaces............................................................................................................19 Chapter 3 – Creating Your own Comics and Cartoons for Teaching and Learning ..................................................................................................................................20 Web Apps for Cartooning and Comic Creation ...................................................20 iPad and Android Apps for Making Comics and Cartoons..................................21 Dozens of Ways to Use Comics and Cartoons in the Classroom.........................22 Chapter 4 - Educational Games & Gamification.....................................................23 Research Findings Supporting the Benefits of Gamification in Education..........24 Getting Started with the Game-based Classroom.................................................27 10 Free Educational Game Sites...........................................................................29 PowerPoint Jeopardy in the Classroom................................................................32 Fun tool for the classroom – simple Crossword Puzzle maker ............................33 Chapter 5: File Sharing Tools..................................................................................34
  • 3. EmergingEdTech’s Free Education Technology Resources eBook Page 4 This eBook is a publication of EmergingEdTech.com Dropbox ................................................................................................................35 Box.com................................................................................................................35 SugarSync .............................................................................................................36 SpiderOak .............................................................................................................36 Chapter 6 – Interactive Collaboration Tools............................................................37 Collaborative Discussions and ‘Boards’...............................................................38 Tackk .................................................................................................................38 Learnist ..............................................................................................................38 News Activist.....................................................................................................40 Collaborative Documents .....................................................................................40 Google Docs/Drive............................................................................................41 Zoho Office Suite ..............................................................................................41 Titanpad .............................................................................................................42 Collaborative Mind Mapping, Diagrams, Flow Charts........................................42 Bubbl.us.............................................................................................................42 Cacoo .................................................................................................................43 Limited Time Trail Options for Collaborative Mind Mapping.........................43 Collaborative Online White Boards......................................................................44 Twiddla..............................................................................................................44 Vyew..................................................................................................................44 Collaborative Social Media Tools ........................................................................44 Twitter................................................................................................................45 Fakebook (student-friendly Facebook alternative)............................................45 Diigo (Social Bookmarking Site) ......................................................................45 Chapter 7 – Learning Content Resources: Educational Videos, Lectures, Podcasts, and more! .................................................................................................................46 A Dozen Great Free Online Video Lecture Sites .................................................46 10 Recommended YouTube Edu-tainment Channels ..........................................48
  • 4. EmergingEdTech’s Free Education Technology Resources eBook Page 5 This eBook is a publication of EmergingEdTech.com MOOCs.................................................................................................................50 Web Site WatchKnow.org (1000′s of Free Educational Videos).........................51 Chapter 8 - Open Educational Resources ................................................................53 “Open but Undiscovered”.....................................................................................54 Sources of Open Educational Resources..............................................................56 The OER Commons...........................................................................................56 OpenStax............................................................................................................57 K-12 OER Collaborative ...................................................................................57 Merlot.................................................................................................................57 OER Consortium ...............................................................................................57 Carnegie Mellon’s Open Learning Initiative.....................................................58 Chapter 9 - Picture And Image Editing Applications.............................................59 Pixenate.................................................................................................................60 Mypictr..................................................................................................................60 Roundpic...............................................................................................................61 Picasa ....................................................................................................................61 Photofunia.............................................................................................................61 FotoFlexer.............................................................................................................62 Photoscape ............................................................................................................62 Conclusions & Recommendations........................................................................62 Chapter 10 – Presentation Tools..............................................................................64 Breathe New Life Into Your PowerPoint Slides With Dozens Of Exciting Free Tools & Resources................................................................................................64 Add Animations.................................................................................................65 Add cool free picture and text effects and backgrounds using dozens of templates for PowerPoint from Microsoft.........................................................65 Add audio to your presentations........................................................................66 Advanced PowerPoint Tutorials........................................................................67
  • 5. EmergingEdTech’s Free Education Technology Resources eBook Page 6 This eBook is a publication of EmergingEdTech.com Add Voice Over to PowerPoint Presentations in 5 Easy Steps............................67 Prezi & Slideshare - 2 Great Online Presentation Tools for E-Learning.............70 Teacher’s recommendations for academic uses of several other fun, free presentation tools ..................................................................................................72 Glogster..............................................................................................................73 OneTrueMedia...................................................................................................73 Voki ...................................................................................................................74 Chapter 11 - Screencasting ......................................................................................75 Screencast-O-Matic ..............................................................................................75 Jing........................................................................................................................76 Screenr ..................................................................................................................76 More Free Screencasting Tools, With Comparisons............................................77 Dozens of Tips & Techniques for Creating High Quality Engaging Screencasts77 Chapter 12 – Social Networking Applications and Social Learning......................79 7 Reasons To Leverage Social Networking Tools in the Classroom...................80 A Social Learning Tool designed for Education ..................................................82 Edmodo.com......................................................................................................82 Facebook as an Instructional Technology Tool....................................................83 Setting Up a Facebook Group for Your Class...................................................86 5 Fun Ways to Use Facebook in Your Lesson Plans and Teaching..................86 Using Instagram in an Educational Context.........................................................89 Three Ways Pinterest is Getting Used by Teachers .............................................92 How Teachers are Using Tumblr in the Classroom .............................................93 Over 100 Ways To Use Twitter In The Classroom..............................................95 Great Twitter Applications for Teachers Using Twitter In The Classroom......97 Chapter 13 –Mobile Learning & Smartphones......................................................100 Embracing the Smart Phone in the Classroom With Text Messaging Assignments .............................................................................................................................101
  • 6. EmergingEdTech’s Free Education Technology Resources eBook Page 7 This eBook is a publication of EmergingEdTech.com QR Codes............................................................................................................103 Creating and Reading QR Codes.....................................................................106 More Resources For Getting the Most Out of Smart Phones and Smart Phones in School .................................................................................................................107 Chapter 14 - Student Response Systems & Surveys and Polls.............................108 Student Response Systems..................................................................................108 Socrative ..........................................................................................................108 Plickers.............................................................................................................109 Polls & Surveys ..................................................................................................110 Doodle – a quick, easy, and free resource for creating polls...........................110 SurveyMonkey.................................................................................................110 Chapter 15 – Tablets and Apps for Education: iOS, Android, and More.............111 Selecting the Best Apps for Teaching and Learning – Use a Rubric!................111 Teaching and Learning With the iPad ................................................................114 Using The iPad As A Digital Whiteboard: 4 Cool Free Apps To Try It Out..115 Connecting the iPad to a projector or HD TV.................................................117 15 Favorite iPad Apps As Selected By Teachers ...............................................118 Fun Free iPad Apps for Elementary School Teachers And Students.................122 Fun Free iPad Math Game Apps ........................................................................123 8 Great Free Web Resources Focused on Using the iPad in Education.............124 100's of Android App Recommendations for Kids and Education ....................127 Good Resources for Learning More About Android Apps for Education......128 Chapter 16 – Using YouTube Videos as Lesson Materials...................................129 Ed.ted.com ..........................................................................................................129 Educanon.............................................................................................................130 Share YouTube Videos Safely and Privately (Without the Distractions)..........130 Technique Number 1: Unlisted and Embedded...............................................131 Technique Number 2: SafeShare.....................................................................132
  • 7. EmergingEdTech’s Free Education Technology Resources eBook Page 8 This eBook is a publication of EmergingEdTech.com Technique Number 3: TubeChop ....................................................................132 Technique Number 4: YouTube for Schools...................................................133 Technique Number 5: QuietTube....................................................................133 Which Option is Best for You and Your Students? ........................................133 Chapter 17– Video Conferencing and Video Chat Tools.....................................135 Skype...................................................................................................................136 Google Hangouts ................................................................................................136 Oovoo..................................................................................................................137 FaceTime (and Android alternatives).................................................................137 More Tips for Getting the Most out of Video Conferencing in the Classroom .137 Chapter 18 – OTHER Topics & Resources...........................................................139 Mashing Up Digital Lesson Materials With LESSON PATHS & BLENDSPACE .............................................................................................................................139 Deliver Digital Content Along With a “Video Note”: MOVENOTE................140 Sending Text Reminders With REMIND...........................................................141 Positive Reinforcement With CLASS DOJO.....................................................142 How Cool is GOOGLE IMAGE SEARCH? You Can Even Use a Picture as a Search Parameter!...............................................................................................143 Online Resources For FINDING GRANTS For Educators ...............................144 INDEX OF FREE SOFTWARE TOOLS..............................................................146
  • 8. EmergingEdTech’s Free Education Technology Resources eBook Page 9 This eBook is a publication of EmergingEdTech.com Introduction Since 2009, EmergingEdTech has sought to help educators learn about tools, techniques, and resources that can help them use information technologies to increase engagement and enhance learning outcomes for their students. These technologies evolve at an ever-increasing pace and keeping up can be a challenge! Fortunately, this also means that every day there are more good quality free resources available to educators. This digital booklet provides an introduction to many of the wonderful free applications and resources available on the Internet for teachers and those who work with them to use in and out of the classroom as part of the instructional and administrative process. This is the 2015 update of this eBook, and it has been significantly updated since the prior version published in 2013. Whole new sections have been added, less relevant sections have been removed, outdated links have been updated or deleted, some content has been rewritten and reformatted for easier and more pleasurable reading, and so on … all to help ensure that this resource is packed full of excellent useful information and tools. Information technologies have more potential than ever to help you address the challenges that you and your students face in this modern day world. You will find plenty of fun, and productive tools and resources here to assist you. Please feel free to share these resources with your colleagues, and to come on out and be a part of the dialogue on EmergingEdTech.com! In addition to great free resources like those in this eBook, we also cover many other tools, services, techniques, ideas … a wealth of other teaching and technology related content! Sign up for our articles (4 or 5 new articles every week), and be sure to check out the content from many education and technology expert sources that we share on social media every day (more on that on the next page). THANK YOU ALL FOR READING & SUBSCRIBING! - Kelly Walsh, 5/11/15
  • 9. EmergingEdTech’s Free Education Technology Resources eBook Page 10 This eBook is a publication of EmergingEdTech.com Come and Enjoy EmergingEdTech Content and Much More on our Social Media Channels! We also have an active presence on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest. On Facebook and Twitter we regularly share resources from all across the web. Please visit these active social media channels and tap into these valuable and informative resources as well! • Check us out on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/EmergingEdTech • Visit the EmergingEdTech YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/EmergingEdTech • Or Fo
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